LightWave 3D provides
Award-Winning Animation and Design Tools for Artists

LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful, intuitive modeling, and animation tools. Unlike other software packages, LightWave offers artists and studios a complete end-to-end solution right out of the box. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide, as a complete 3D production solution for feature film and television visual effects, architectural visualization, virtual production, broadcast design, print graphics, game development, and Web. LightWave has been the choice of countless studios and artists for over 20 years. Chances are LightWave was used to create many of your favorite films, television programs, and games.

LightWave 2015 Features

LightWave 2015 is the latest iteration of the world’s easiest and most reliable 3D software. LightWave 2015 makes the impossible possible for all kinds of projects with its direct and robust workflow. Whether visual effects, motion graphics, game development, architectural visualization, product design or advertising, simplify your creative process with LightWave 2015.

LightWave 3D Showreel

LightWave 3D provides the tools that you need to solve your animation and design challenges with numerous new workflow enhancements and features designed to streamline your creative process. Top studios to independent artists around the world all agree, some jobs are impossible to deliver on time and on budget with any other 3D package. This video showcases projects from top studios and artists using LightWave 3D to deliver everything from motion graphics to visual effects for television and film.

Montage Reel

This stunning Showreel highlights many impressive projects from top studios and artists using LightWave 3D to deliver everything from 3D motion graphics to visual effects for television and film. Chances are LightWave was used to create many of your favorite films, television programs, and games.

Motion Graphics Reel

Take a peek at the LightWave 3D Motion Graphics Reel, featuring the outstanding art and motion graphics created by artists and professionals all over the globe using LightWave 3D software.

Architectural Reel

LightWave may be well known for creating fantastical sci-fi galaxies, puts its reach extends far beyond the creation of intergalactic worlds and incredible spaceships. This stunning Architectural Showreel highlights many impressive interior and exterior architectural 3D designs created with LightWave 3D software. See how artists around the world are using LightWave to create realistic 3D buildings and environments for their clients, right here on planet earth.

Why LightWave 3D?

Ever wonder why 3D professional choose LightWave? In this video, we met with a few key artists in the industry to get their opinion on the matter. Find out firsthand from industry pros like Chris Zapara, visual effects supervisor and Sean Scott, 3D Artist at MFX; Scott Wheeler, visual effects supervisor at Rogue State; Rich Helvey, head of the graphics department for Access Hollywood, NBC Universal; Kevin Lane, owner/3D Artists, Bohemian Grey.

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Inspiring Projects

LightWave 2015 offers many features, including easy to use Cel Shading and Edge Rendering that are perfect for creating all types of art, including graphic novels, Anime and Manga. It is also packed with high-level modeling, rendering and animation features, all designed to help you deliver any 3D project on time and on budget.

Richard Mans' short film "Abiogenesis"

During SIGGRAPH Week 2014, LightWave artist Richard Mans offered us an exclusive premiere of the full version of Abiogenesis to share with the world. If by chance you've only seen the trailer and not the full animated short film, it is well worth watching. See how one artist used LightWave to deliver his vision.

Chris Jones "Mr Head"

With over two million eyeballs on his YouTube “Eye Piece” animation (and Best of YouTube Channel selection to his credit), Chris Jones is shaking up the world of 3D CG with ultra-realistic human anatomy images that are straight up incredible.

“As a creative generalist I need to cover a lot of ground when working on 3D projects. LightWave enables me to do this without having to invest in a hodgepodge of expensive tools.” – Chris Jones

Shuhei Morita "Possessions"

Known throughout Japan as "Tsukomo," the Oscar® nominated animated short film "Possessions" continues to capture the attention of audiences worldwide. Using the powerful modeling, animation, rigging, effects and rendering tools built into LightWave 3D software, Shuhei Morita create this beautiful animation.

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